Hey all, as a total newcomer to the game I have a question, but I'll keep it brief.
I'm a fan of RP, PVE and Grouping, not so big on PVP. I've heard tales of the PVP aspect of the game encroaching on people who aren't interested in doing so. Is that true or can it be avoided?
Thanks in advance!
That being said, some of the good high-level hunting areas (such as Annwyn and the Underworld) are places where you could be killed by anyone at any time without any reason or warning, so it would be best to stay out of those areas if you want to entirely avoid any PvP.
Edit: For reference, I've been playing for about 10 years (on this character at least), and my death count from other players so far is only 10, or about 1 death per year.
Also you will on occasion run across people that will be disrespectful to you, attempt theft on you, or something to try to instigate pvp from you. Although you will never technically be forced to pvp though.
But yeah avoid forums especially the rants section. Anything you read there assume has been written hundreds of times, by hundreds of different people since the dawn of Achaea.
One thing to learn quickly about is the various places which open you up to conflict whether you seek it or not. Such as various high-level areas that are favoured for hunting, mainly Underworld (UW for short). Also, if you get involved in Seafaring, it has it's own inherent risks and is often treated as an open-pvp environment.
Roleplay your character how you wish, try to read up on the cities and Houses and see if any of them appeal to you and would be a good fit for the character you have in mind. As a new player, I wouldn't recommend going the Rogue route until you're more familiar with the game and economics, because you're going to have a lot of questions and limited resources for getting answers. Cities and Houses are a great place to learn.